Like most children, my son went through a “why?” stage when he was a preschooler. Dozens of times a day he repeated his question. When we took walks he asked “why?” in connection to everything — why is that bird flying? Why are those flowers yellow? Why is there a crack in the sidewalk? Everything was new and exciting and different to him. Sometimes I think he even asked “why?” in his sleep!
I wish I had that childlike sense of curiosity. But it seems to fade away the older we get. Things that were once a source of wonder become normal. Those slow, meandering walks are a distant memory, lost in the fast pace of work and life. But that’s the point, isn’t it? It takes a margin of time and space to cultivate thinking, wonder and plain old curiosity.
What can we, as advocates for children in poverty, do to help them retain that curiosity? How can we protect children from the harshness of the world that squelches amazement? Through Compassion, much of that comes from providing a safe place where children are known, loved and protected. At our child development centers, children play and explore and learn.
Will you join me in praying this month for a continued sense of safety and security for the children we serve? Please pray that their minds will be expanded, and that they will ask and grow and seek.
My earnest prayer for each child is that her “why?” will be answered by a loving adult who will encourage that wonder and curiosity. May each child know the freedom to discover and learn. And may that seeking lead each child to Jesus!
Thank you for your prayers on behalf of more than a million children living in the midst of crushing poverty. You are truly making a difference!
Senior Vice President, USA